Ohio man charged in Charlottesville car ramming incident; victim identified

James Fields of Ohio (pictured left) is accused of causing a car crash that left 32-year-old...
James Fields of Ohio (pictured left) is accused of causing a car crash that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer of Charlottesville (pictured right) dead. Photo courtesy CNN/ABC News(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 13, 2017 at 1:54 PM EDT
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An Ohio man was taken into custody and charged with 2nd degree murder after police said he rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally Saturday, killing one person.

20-year-old James Fields, Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, allegedly rear-ended a sedan with the Dodge Challenger he was driving at a high rate of speed.

In a chain-reaction, the sedan then hit a minivan which had slowed to allow people to cross an intersection, police said.

One pedestrian, 32-year-old Heather Heyer of Charlottesville, was killed.

19 others suffered injuries ranging from serious to minor.

Fields was photographed hours before the crash carrying the emblem of one of the hate groups at the rally, the Associated Press reports.

Fields is also charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run.

WHSV CONTINUING COVERAGE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE ALT-RIGHT RALLY: